Papaoutai

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"Papaoutai"
Stromae-Papaoutai.jpg
Single by Stromae
from the album Racine carrée
Released13 May 2013
Format
Recorded2012
Genre
Length3:53
Label
Songwriter(s)Stromae
Producer(s)Stromae, Papa Dizzy, Aron Ottignon
Stromae singles chronology
"Je cours"
(2010)
"Papaoutai"
(2013)
"Formidable"
(2013)
Music video
"Papaoutai" on YouTube

"Papaoutai" (Papa où t'es, French for "Dad, where are you?") is a song written and performed by Belgian musician Stromae. The song was released as a digital download in Belgium on 13 May 2013 as the lead single from his second studio album Racine carrée (2013). The song peaked at number one in Belgium and France and became the best selling single of 2013 in Belgium. A remix of the song featuring Angel Haze also appears on the album.[1]

The song was performed live at the 2013 NRJ Music Awards, where it featured will.i.am. The song is also featured on the 2014 dancing game Just Dance 2015 for PAL regions and is available as DLC for NTSC regions.

Music video[edit]

The music video accompanying the release of "Papaoutai" was directed by Adam Nael and released on YouTube on 6 June 2013 at a total length of three minutes and fifty-two seconds. The video shows a young boy (played by Karl Ruben Noel[2]) trying to interact with his father (played by Stromae), who sits motionless, his expression and body resembling that of a mannequin. Father and son are dressed in identical outfits consisting of garishly patterned aqua shirts and shorts, knee socks, and orange bowtie. The video has the ambiance and decor of the 1950s. The boy looks longingly through the window at other parents and children who likewise wear matching outfits that identify them as pairs: a mother and daughter dressed similarly to Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz do a dance while walking their identical dogs; a garbageman and his son collect rubbish together while doing another dance; while still another father (played by Ceasare "Tight Eyez" Willis, one of the creators of Krumping) does an aggressive, threatening dance at his reluctant son before the boy finally begins to imitate him.

Frustrated, the son does various dances in front of his own father until one of his efforts provokes the father to smile. Outside, father and son do their own dance together, but it is soon revealed that the boy is dancing alone and his father is still stiff and unresponsive. In frustration, the son joins Stromae on the sofa, assuming a rigid, lifeless position identical to his father's.

The song and video refers to the absence of Stromae's father — who had little presence in Stromae's life even before being killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide — and to Stromae's fear of being unable to be an effective father with no memory of ever having a father of his own.[3] The video has received over 661 million views on YouTube.[4]

Covers and parody[edit]

A translated English language cover by CUT_ titled "Papaoutai (Stromae Cover)"[5] was released in April 2014 charting in SNEP French Singles Chart.[6]

American A cappella group Pentatonix and violinist Lindsey Stirling covered the song on Pentatonix's album PTX Vol. 3, released on 23 September 2014.[7]

Lamaoutai (Llama, where are you?) is a spoof created in November 2013 about the kidnapping of Serge the Llama from a circus in Bordeaux.[8]

Letícia Carvalho covered the song on The Voice Portugal on 11 October 2015.

Alexandre Heitz performed the song on The Voice of Germany on 2 October 2018.

Kenza Blanka covered the song on series 8 of The Voice UK on 9 February 2019, singing it in English and Arabic, and French.

"Aifo?" is a Jewish reproduction of this song on YouTube uploaded by Matt Dubb feat. Beri Weber & Haim Israel on March 4, 2019.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Papaoutai"3:51
2."Papaoutai" (Extended)6:18
3."Papaoutai" (Mystique Remix)5:01
4."Papaoutai" (Nicolaz Remix)5:52
5."Papaoutai" (Liam Summers Remix)4:04

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[46] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[47] 3× Platinum 60,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[48]
Streaming
Gold 1,300,000^
France (SNEP)[49] Diamond 976,000*
Italy (FIMI)[50] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[51] Platinum 20,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[52] 2× Platinum 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[53] Gold 500,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Belgium 13 May 2013[54] Digital download Mosaert

References[edit]

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  50. ^ "Italian single certifications – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 9 January 2015. Select "Tutti gli anni" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Papaoutai" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
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